These meringue snowmen will totally melt your heart. They are so easy and fun to make – kids will love making their own melting snowmen.
What are some of your favorite winter crafts? Do you like to make crafts you can eat? If you enjoy baking with your kids, then everyone will have fun making the cutest little meringue snowmen!
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Today, I’m sharing my foolproof recipe on how to make your own meringue cookies during the winter months.
Below, I’ll show you how to make meringue cookies and how to decorate them so they look just like melting snowmen.
Rather than baking traditional sugar cut-out cookies, I opted for meringue cookies. I love experimenting with different recipes by adding different elements to them. Rather than just serving straight-up meringue, I figured decorating it with a variety of treats would give them some originality.
Easy Meringue Cookies
This recipe is best for older kids and even teenagers. If you have younger children, then they can help decorate the snowman with pretzel sticks.
Even if you have never tried to make meringue before, this is a fantastic place to start.
How To Make Easy Meringue Winter Cookies
This is also a wonderful way to learn how to use a piping bag. If you or your kids want to start learning how to decorate cakes, this is a stress-free way to learn how to control the bag and the tips.
Kitchen Tools Needed
All the exact amounts you need are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here is a quick list of what you need to get from the store.
For the Meringue:
- Butter softened
- Confectioners’ sugar
- Black decorating frosting, with Wilton tip #3 attached
- Orange decorating frosting, with Wilton tip #3 attached
- 3 mini pretzel sticks, broken into quarters
Meringue Snowmen Tips
These Meringue Snowmen will surely be a hit at your upcoming Christmas party. Here are some tips that will help you make them. All the exact steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Lemon Juice Substitute In Meringue
If you don’t have lemon juice, you can use cream of tartar as a 1:1 replacement.
Bake Meringue At Low Heat
The secret to stiff meringue is to bake for 2 hours at a low heat. Then, turn off the heat and let the cookies sit in the oven for 30 more minutes. This will give you the perfect texture.
Decorate The Snowmen
This is the part the kids will have the most fun with! Let them pipe the faces with the white frosting, eyes and buttons with the black, and the nose with the orange frosting.
Young children can be tasked with adding the arms on top.
Easy Meringue Snowmen
- 1 Piping bag
- 1 Baking Sheet
- 2 Egg Whites Room Temperature
- 1/4 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 stick Butter 1/4 cup, softened
- 1 cup Confectioner's Sugar
- 1 tbsp Millk
- Black Frosting
- Orange Frosting
- Mini Pretzel Sticks
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- Slowly add granulated sugar and increase mixer’s speed to high. Beat for at least 10 minutes or until stiff peaks start to form.
- Scoop meringue into a piping bag and pipe out 12 “blobs” on the lined baking sheet (note: they don’t need to be uniform since they will look like “melted” snowmen – they should be about 1 ½ to 2 inches in diameter.
- Bake for 2 hours. Once time is up, turn off the heat and keep them in the oven for an additional 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, prepare the buttercream frosting: using an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and milk.
- Once the buttercream starts to take shape (ie.: is smooth and forms semi-stiff peaks), scoop ¾ of it into a piping bag with Wilton tip #5 attached.
- Remove meringue cookies from oven and allow to cool. Frost a buttercream circle on the top of each meringue cookie.
- With the black decorating frosting, pipe out eyes and buttons.
- Using the orange decorating frosting, pie out a carrot nose.
- Dip the pretzel pieces in the remaining buttercream and place two on either side of each of your meringue snowmen cookies.
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